China turns up the heat while the world dumps coal

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China turns up the heat while the world dumps coal

The country is an outlier in the coal-fired world and threatens to derail global mission to meet climate change targets

Clyde Russell

As coal-fired power retreats across most of the globe, China is emerging as the last major stronghold of the polluting fuel and the biggest obstacle to meeting climate change targets.

There was both good and bad news in the Global Energy Monitor’s latest Boom and Bust report, which tracks the development and operations of coal-fired power plants across the world.

The positive news from a climate change perspective is that 2020 saw 37.8 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired generation retired globally, matching the prior record from 2015, and a rise of 4% from 2019...

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